News from around Alabama from the May 28, 1874 Birmingham Iron Age
- Whooping cough is prevailing in Gadsden.
- The Gadsden Times of the 20th says: “If the firing of pistols or guns, in the streets at night, doesn’t call for a night police, what does it call for?” It calls for an efficient police force like Birmingham’s We have no rowdyism here night or day.
- The next Legislature of Alabama should, for humanity’s sake, pass a law to prevent young gentlemen of this State, under twenty-one years of age, from hurting themselves by overwork. (Tuscaloosa Blade)
- Bingham, of the State Journal, received a “mauling” a few days ago, and about the same time McAfee, of the Selma Republican, was also “mauled.” Both deserved it.
- The Selma, Rome & Dalton R. R. case has been taken up to the Supreme Court under a bond of $100, 000. The sale, therefore, will not take place.
- There is now but one place in Livingston where intoxicating liquors are sold—either at wholesale or retail. All effected without the aid of “crusaders.”
St. James Episcopal Church, Livingston, Sumter County, Alabama ca. 1930 (Library of Congress)
- A Lowndes county negro made, last year, 80 gallons of syrup and 1800 stalks of sugar cane, from half an acre of ground.
- Col. W. B. H. Howard of Camden, will deliver the annual Address to the Literary Societies of the University of Alabama, and Rev. W. J. Lowery, of Selma, will preach the Commencement sermon.
- The Evergreen Star says a store in that place was broken open a few nights ago, but the burglars found the goods marked so high they could not afford to take them.
- Dr. James Berney, of Butler county, has gone to France to take charge of an inheritance recently left him.
- The Rock Mills Manufacturing company, in Randolph county, has in operation 30,000 spindles and 42 looms.
- The only negro summoned on the Tuscaloosa grand jury, claimed and exemption as a preacher.
- The breaks on the Alabama Central Railroad have all been repaired, and trains now run from Selma to Meridian, making all connections.
- The Montgomery Fair Association has been declared bankrupt, and the 28th day of this month set apart for the choice of an assignee.
Copy photograph of Court Square in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, looking south down South Court in 1874 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)
- On thirty-six farms in Perryville Beat, Perry county, the acreage in cotton this year is 393 acres less than it was last year. There are 990 acres more planted in Corn, Oats, Sweet Potatoes, Rye and Wheat, than there were last year.
- The Mobile Register says that Joseph Hodgson is on the editorial staff of that paper.
- Joel E. Matthews, one of the oldest citizens of Dallas Co., Ala., died at his residence in Selma a few days ago.
- Capt. Wm. F. Witcher, an ex-Confederate, and lawyer in Montgomery, died recently, aged 42 years.
- Pat Billingsley, negro, has received his commission as Post Master at Marion. He gave the necessary ten-thousand-dollar bond, signed by J. T. Harris and M. T. Hendrix. Mr. Wm. Funk will discharge the duties of the office—at least for the present.
- The Dadeville Headlight reports that the late rains and cold weather about settled the hash with all the cotton that had been planted, and the consequence is that there is not seed enough in the country to replant all that had been planted. The Tallapoosians, however, will make it up in corn, oats and wheat.
- Captain Leslie Johnson, the proprietor of Johnson’s wood yard on the Alabama river, long and favorably known to steamboatmen and traveling on that stream, died and was buried on his plantation on Sunday last.
- Marriageable young ladies will take notice, that Ashville, St. Clair county is a fine field, as is shown, by census statistics, that there are five young men to one young lady in that locality.
- Denver’s Spring, on Blount Mountain, a few miles from Ashville, is now open to visitors.
- Ish. S. Harwell, uncle of our lamented friend, R. H. Henley, Esq. has been re-elected Mayor of the city of Demopolis.
- Billy Again – What are our city authorities going to do about the goats—the intolerable nuisances. They rend the air at night, with their fiendish cries, and disturb the slumbers of our “Little innocents.” Can’t our Councilmen colonize them on Village creek or somewhere else? it the pests can’t be removed from the city give us one night with our shot gun. We think we can scare them out of town. What has become of the Goat ordinance, Mr. Marshal?
- Clara, infant daughter of John and Alice Giovanni, died in this city on Monday 25th last. – “Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
- Mrs. Ellen Tarrant, wife of Capt. Sam’l A. Tarrant, died in Jonesboro, Jefferson county, on Monday 25th Inst.
- Our esteemed friend, Dr. Luckie, is truly unfortunate among horses. Not long since he was painfully injured in the right foot by his horse falling upon and crushing it. On Saturday last he was kicked on the left leg, above the ankle, by a scalawag horse, breaking some of the small bones. We hope to see him again soon on our streets—all right.